Monday, June 6, 2011

1984 Is Palin's Favorite Book

The other day, Palin gave a mangled and confabulated version of Paul Revere's ride, claiming that the purpose of the ride was some sort of symbolic gesture to demonstrate to the British soldiers that American's wouldn't let them take their weapons, and to warn Americans to hide their weapons so that the British wouldn't confiscate them.

Or something like that — when you're making it up out of whole cloth, the stuff doesn't tend to be massively coherent.

So is that the end of it? Of course not: Palin supporters are now going through various websites like Wikipedia and trying to edit history to fit Palin's version.

On the Conservative version of Wikipedia, Conservapedia, Paul Revere's ride now has this tidbit added to it:
Part of the purpose of Revere's ride was to warn the British that colonists would exercise their natural right to bear arms.
We've always been at war with Eastasia.


tomm said...

Before you discount Sarah's version you better check with the experts,
Remember Sarah knows she is under a microscope with the media and she loves to tweak them remember, "party like its 1773 and how many reporters got burn because they didn't know the tea party was in 1773, and this bus trip is making the press looks like a bunch of amateurs, she is crazy all right, crazy like a fox.

Jil Wrinkle said...

I suggest you watch the video again, listen to Sarah Palin speak, and then ask yourself: "Am I hearing a synopsis of Paul Revere from a person so knowledgeable about the event that she is leaving out all the major details and going straight to the almost-completely-unknown factual tidbit that, on the second leg of his trip, Paul Revere was snagged by a British patrol and told them all, 'Boy, y'all are really in trouble now. I woke everybody up.' Or, is it actually just a person who has no clue what she is talking about?"

Be honest with yourself and don't let "spin" sway your opinion, and you'll come to the right conclusion.

tomm said...

like i said she probably did it to tweaked the media, who don't know squat about american history, kinda of reverse gotcha, girls just want to have fun. Did she sound like she just learn the info a few hours before she said it? You betcha, she sounded just like me when i sprout some new info that I just learned, then again it is not the stuff they teach in school now is it?

Jil Wrinkle said...

Well Tomm, let's assume you are right and she knew what she was talking about.

Now: (1) the rest of the world (including myself; everybody except you and maybe 5% or 10% of the rest of everybody else) has been fooled into thinking "here's more proof that Sarah Palin has barely what constitutes a high school education, and is utterly unqualified to be president"; (2) in the past few days since this story broke, a poll showing the number of people who said they would consider voting for Sarah Palin has dropped even lower, to the point where even a majority of Republicans currently say they would not consider voting for her.

In other words, you're telling me that she is a politician who tweaks the media into thinking that she is an idiot, and has done this "tweaking" so well and so often that she has reached the point where she's convinced 80% of Americans as well that she's a dunce.

I'd be interested in hearing you explain how Sarah Palin fooling the world into believing that she is an empty-headed, inexperienced, know-nothing schemer... when she actually (apparently) is a historically accurate, constitutionally fluent, diplomatically graceful, political genius... is beneficial to her.

tomm said...

maybe you would like to listen to Andrew Sullivan explain it

Jil Wrinkle said...

Oooh... quoting my favorite writer. That's extra bonus points!

However, let's not be mistaken here:

When Andrew Sullivan says that he is afraid that Palin could win, first he is exaggerating: In his daily writing he really thinks Sarah Palin is at least as empty-headed and harmless as I do.

Second, he is speaking more to the gullibility of Tea Partiers, and brainless, uneducated, fad-following Americans to fall for the Orwellian doublespeak, outright falsehoods, pablum, and empty-calorie sound bites that Palin offers up, rather than to any mental superiority of Palin.

In other words, Sullivan is afraid that enough of the country might just vote the "Crazy Know-Nothing Alaska Lady Might Just Work" ticket.

But still, great source material aside, you haven't answered my question: How does Sarah Palin tricking everybody into thinking she is an idiot help her political career? Because, let's not deny it: A huge portion of America is fully convinced that Sarah Palin is certainly not smarter than a fifth grader, and that presumption is 100% based on things that Sarah Palin has said. So: Why did she say them if she is, indeed, smarter than a fifth grader?

The question remains, as you defined it: Why camouflage and mask your intelligence to the point that you convince a majority of Americans that you are the least educated person ever to be considered a "Presidential Hopeful"? How does that translate to any kind of success... other than as a modern social media oddity akin to Paris Hilton?

To use this specific example: If Sarah Palin really was knowledgeable and was actually speaking about the fact that -- after the first leg of his "one if by land, two if by sea" journey -- Paul Revere was captured by the British and boasted to them his success and their pending failures, why didn't she come straight out and say so, impress people with her detailed knowledge of this little tidbit of history, use it to expound upon America's fledgling "right to bear arms" movement in proper fashion, and get everybody saying, "Wow, there's a lady who really knows about Paul Revere"... instead of purposefully (as you would have us believe) being vague and withholding facts and details that she purportedly knew in order to purposefully create the appearance that (though she really knew all this stuff) she actually had no clear idea what it was she wanted to say?